When you think of a diner what comes to your mind? For me, a diner is a casual, welcoming environment with really good food, at a reasonable price. Today’s diner isn’t about the old so-called greasy spoon but more closely resembles a foodie’s delight without the stuffiness of a fancy restaurant. I have lived in the area for just a few short years and I am always up for going somewhere I have never been. So, this past Sunday, I started the search for a new place to eat. With the help of a few reviews, my husband and I ended up at KaCey’s Seafood & More restaurant. I hesitate to write about this gem of a restaurant for selfish reasons.
KaCey’s is located in an unassuming strip center along Fruitville Road, nestled between a gym and an Italian eatery. On this raining Sunday mid-afternoon, there were several tables filled and the staff was changing for dinner. We were immediately greeted with a smile and given a table by the window. KaCey’s feels like a diner. The no-frills establishment has the familiar gray and chrome chairs like my grandmother had with her kitchen table. The day’s specials were written on a whiteboard and the selections varied from a lobster roll to freshly caught snapper.
If you are not a seafood lover, there is something for you here too. Their menu includes Bbq Baby Back Ribs, Cincinnati Chili and a Rueben Dog, just to name a few. On this Sunday, I choose the Shrimp Trio, a side of hush puppies and a glass of white wine. My husband had the Crab Cake Platter with sweet potato fries and coleslaw.
The Shrimp Trio appetizer is served with three different breaded and fried shrimp. One shrimp was breaded in a light wasabi coating, one in a coconut and the last in a regular light breading. Each shrimp was served in its own dipping sauce and was perfectly matched. My husband’s crab cake was seasoned well and not full of fillers. Of course, you can’t go wrong with fresh sweet potato fries. They were served hot and were a generous portion.
KaCey’s celebrated their 5th year in business earlier this year. However, the owners are no strangers to seafood restaurants. They are the proprietors of the Lazy Lobster in Sarasota and Longboat Key.
KaCey’s is located at 4904 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. They are open 7 days a week, Monday-Saturday 11 AM- 9 PM, Sunday from 11 AM-8 PM. You can check out their Facebook page for events and more information click here
As I am finishing this article, I think I am ready for another visit to KaCey’s. Maybe I will see you there sometime. I know this is going to be one of my favorite places.
Photos from KaCey’s website and FB.